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Christmas closures and updates

Most non critical services close at 5pm on Monday, 24 December 2018 and reopen at 9am on Wednesday, 2 January 2019.


If you have any emergencies please contact us. Our emergency phone line will be staffed throughout the holidays

Non-urgent enquiries

The contact centre will close at 6pm on Monday, 24 December 2018 ​and will also be closed on bank holidays.

If you're phoning us about a non-urgent enquiry, the contact centre will be open from 8am to 4pm on Thursday 27 December and Friday 28 December 2018. Contact centre numbers.​

Bin collections

There WILL be changes to waste and recycling collection dates over Christmas. We will also collect any extra waste recycling​, for more details see the bin collection changes​​.

Household Waste Centres​ (Chichester Street, Rochdale and Spring Vale, Middleton) are open every day apart from Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.​

Number One Riverside​

Number One Riverside will close for customers at 6pm on Monday, 24 December 2018 and reopen at 9am on Wednesday, 2 January 2019.

Customer services and libraries 

Our customer service centres are open as usual up to Monday, 24 December 2018. Our libraries will be open  as follows:

  • Rochdale Central Library open between 9.30am-2pm
  • Heywood Library open between 9.30am-1pm
  • Middleton Library open between 9am-1pm
  • All other branches are open 9.30am-12.30pm

Libraries and customer service centres will then close over the Christmas period and reopen on Wednesday, 2 January 2019​. View our usual library opening times and customer service centre opening times.

Link4Life leisure centres and entertainment venues

  • Main Link4Life leisure centres including Heywood Sports Village, Middleton Arena and Rochdale Central Leisure – together with Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre in Rochdale, open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day although on some days opening hours will be reduced.
  • Marland Golf Course will be open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre will be closed on Thursday, 20 December 2018 and re-open on Wednesday, 2 January 2019.
  • Find swimming pool opening times

Link4Life centres: use the contact details below if you need to contact a centre.​

  • ​​​Arts & Heritage Resource Centre: 01706 641085
  • Bowlee Park Sports Centre: 0161 643 4907
  • Heywood Civic Centre: 0300 303 8633
  • Heywood Sports Village: 01706 924000
  • Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre: 01706 370499
  • Kingsway Park Sports Centre and Athletics Arena: 01706 750894
  • Littleborough Sports Centre: 01706 927560
  • Marland golf course: 01706 649801
  • Middleton Arena general enquiries and bookings: 0161 662 4000, Box Office: 0300 303 8633
  • Rochdale Leisure Centre: 01706 926000
  • Touchstones Rochdale: 01706 924492, visitor information c​entre: 01706 924928

Fitness membership enquiries

  • Heywood Sports Village: 01706 927202
  • Littleborough Sports Centre: 01706 927560
  • Middleton Arena: 01706 923170
  • Rochdale Leisure Centre: 01706 92420

Hollingworth Lake

Hollingworth Lake visitors centre, cafe​ and toilets are open every day except Christmas day, 9.30am to 5pm.

Children and Family Centres

Sure Start Children’s Centres are open as usual up to Monday, 24 December 2018 (please check December timetables for the individual centres) and then closed - with the exception of well-baby clinics and  pre-booked ante-natal/post-natal appointments - until Wednesday, 2 January 2019. View our ​Sure Start Children Centres opening times.

Children’s Social Care Services will continue to operate throughout and can be contacted on 0300 303 0440. To report a concern about a child or adult outside of working hours, at weekends or during Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day, contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0300 303 8875. If it’s an emergency, dial 999 and ask for the Police.

Adult Social Care Services

Adult Social Care will continue to deliver most services for vulnerable people throughout the Christmas period. This includes home care and residential care services.

If you need to contact us, staff will be available to answer your calls as usual on normal working days.

​if you urgently need to speak to someone about a council social care service​ during the Christmas and New Year period, outside normal working hours (including on Christmas day and the other bank holidays) you can call 0845 121 2975.​

Rochdale Town Hall

Rochdale Town Hall and Clock Tower Dining Room will close to the public on Wednesday, 19 December 2018 at 3.30pm and will reopen at 9am on Wednesday, 2 January 2019. ​

​​​Rochdale Register Office (Rochdale Town Hall)

Rochdale Register Office opening times. Please note the office will be open for ceremonies by prior arrangement.

  • Closed from 5pm, Monday, 24 December 2018
  • Open from 9am, Wednesday, 3 January 2019 as normal

Births, deaths and marriages​​.

Public toilets

Public toilets are closed on 25 December (Christmas Day) and open every other day (including New Year's Day) as usual.​